The 2016 Clos l’Eglise is a knockout Pomerol from the Garcin-Lévêque family. It has a very complex bouquet of blackberry, melted tar and a touch of mint and sage. Then, returning to my glass after an hour, I found that same faint tang of shucked oyster shell that I observed out of barrel. The palate is extremely well balanced with truffle-tinged black fruit, a very fine line of acidity and wonderful poise on the finish. Superb, although it will benefit from five or six years in bottle. Drink 2023-2048
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 Clos l'Eglise is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, and was the first to be picked by the Garçin-Léveque family (before Barde-Haut, d'Arce and Poesia). It has a high pH of 3.65 and it was matured in 100% new French oak. It has a very intense bouquet with macerated small black cherries, raspberry coulis, oyster shells and crushed violets, well defined and quite penetrating in style. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, layers of black fruit laced with black pepper and a touch of black pepper. There is a little chewiness to the texture towards the harmonious finish, which is one of the most primal that I have encountered in recent years. The barrel maturation will lend a little more sheen to this Pomerol--a long-term prospect that will deserve several years in bottle.
Drink Date 2022 - 2045
|Score: 93/95||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
A linear yet full-bodied young red with berries, firm tannins and lots of flavor and intensity. Fun and dynamic sample. Potentially better than 2015.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 Clos L'Eglise is endowed with tremendous density and lushness. Blackberry jam, chocolate, leather, spice and licorice give the 2016 much of its flamboyant, forward personality. Readers should expect a rich, explosive Pomerol built on textural resonance. The 2016 spent 18 months in French oak (300-500L barrels), 80% new. This is a terrific showing from Hélène Garcin and Patrice Lévêque. Drink 2024-2041.
|Score: 95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019|
The 2016 Clos L'Eglise is a powerful, dense wine. In 2016 Clos L'Eglise presents a distinctly deep, spiced expression, with tons of clove, cinnamon, leather, cedar and tobacco overtones. Rich, ample and creamy, the 2016 possesses notable depth and richness in all of its dimensions. The wine is powerful, ripe and intense, with just enough freshness to add a measure of balance. To be sure, the style is one built on textural richness and resonance, with ripeness pushed to the edge. The 2016 saw around 3-4 days of cold soak. Among other developments, the estate is experimenting with 300-liter barrels. New oak is around 80%.
|Score: 92/95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
This small 6 hectare Pomerol property is situated between Clinet and L'Eglise Clinet. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, winemaking in 100% new oak. Production is small, rarely more than 1000 cases. Black fruits and sweet vanilla give this wine a supple, round and seductive character with ripe tannins and a lingering, lifted and pure cherry fruit finish.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
The 2016 Clos L'Eglise is a rock star wine that has everything: thrilling amounts of cassis and blackberry fruits, notes of lead pencil, tobacco, and damp earth, full-bodied richness and depth, sweet tannins, and a fabulous finish that leaves you looking for another sip. It shows the purity and classic style of the vintage to a T and is a brilliant, layered, opulent wine to drink over the coming two decades. This wine is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, aged in new oak, and comes from the talents of Hélène Garcin & Patrice Lévêque. I’d be thrilled to have bottles of this in the cellar. 2021 - 2041.
|Score: 97||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019|
Ripe black plum the nose is sweet and the start of the palate rich supple on the mid palate. Bright at the back bramble freshness the finish though has more depth and rich fruit. 2024-36
|Score: 86/89||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|